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Oct. 17, 2007

Poet/translator reads Oct. 23 as a guest of International Writing Program

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free reading by American poet and translator Jon Matthias at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Shambaugh House, the IWP headquarters at 430 N. Clinton St. on the UI campus.

Matthias' 20 books include "Bucyrus," "Turns," "Crossing," "Northern Summer," "A Gathering of Ways," "Beltane at Aphelion," "Swimming at Midnight," "Pages," "Working Progress, Working Title," "New Selected Poems" and most recently "Kedging." His work has been translated into 10 languages.

He has also translated the work of several Swedish poets and the Serbian epic poem "The Battle of Kosovo."

Matthias' grants and prizes include those from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the Columbia University Translation Center and the Swedish Institute. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and Lilly Endowment fellow.

He has been a visiting fellow in poetry at Cambridge University, and for many years taught at Notre Dame.  He continues to co-edit the Notre Dame Review.

"My career has perhaps been unusual for an American poet given that I've spent so much time writing in England and dealing with English and European subject matter and historical themes that may have sometimes seemed remote from American readers," he has said. "I have even been reviewed, to my dismay, as an English poet. But the body of work seems to me obviously by an American poet who has traveled a lot, though the subject matter is not always typical of an American poet."

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

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